The How-To Manual
This manual documents the practical steps needed to create, implement, and evaluate a problem-solving court for child support. In this manual, Judge Kristin H. Ruth, 10th District Court, Wake County, NC, describes the problem-solving court model for child support that she initiated in 1999 and continues to improve, in collaboration with Wake County Child Support Enforcement and numerous community partners.
Who Is This Manual For?
- Judges, magistrates, and other members of the judiciary hearing child support enforcement cases
- Administrative Office of the Courts personnel supporting a child support docket
- State and tribal Child Support Enforcement (IV-D) Directors
- Child support agency directors and case workers
- Attorneys representing child support agencies and parents with child support cases
- Community-based organizations offering services to parents with child support orders, including employment skills, job placement, education, mediation, access to visitation, and substance abuse treatment.
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Why a Manual?
"I am writing this Manual to share the framework that has been created and proven to have an impact in the collection of child support. It will provide direction and encouragement as you implement your own problem-solving court in your jurisdiction. The direction will come from my own experience in the courtroom and the encouragement will come through stories and examples of those who have accepted the challenge in addressing their own issues and accepting responsibility.
This manual is designed to focus on preparations needed to build a problem-solving court for child support in other counties and jurisdictions. I shall guide you through the steps that I used in a succinct format to assist you in setting up a problem-solving court that meets the criteria of your particular jurisdiction."
- Judge Kristin Ruth